Altona is suburb in the city of Melbourne, in the Australian state of Victoria. It is located 13 km (8 miles) south-west of the city’s central business district. The city of Hobsons Bay is its Local Government Area. The name Altona comes from a German city with the same name. The suburb is characterised by low density residential areas and mixed industry. The major attraction for the area is the Altona Beach – one of the only swimming beaches in the western suburbs.
Major industries in terms of employment in Altona are education, food services, healthcare, and road freight transport. The suburb is home to several primary and secondary schools, including Altona College. The Toyota Australia Altona Plant is located in the suburb. There are many locations in Altona with serviced office space to let.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Altona has a lot to offer in terms of sights and things to do. Swim in the waters near Altona Beach, stroll on the Altona Pier, shop at the Altona Beach Market, visit Logan Reserve or Altona Homestead the oldest building in the suburb. Other points of interest include Pier Street Murals, Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre, Hobsons Bay Civic Chambers and the sculpture Requiem for a Champion. A popular festival in the area is the annual Altona Bayside Festival. Altona has a variety of restaurants offering diverse cuisine options. Mosaic Restaurant serves modern Australian dishes, The Pizza Box brings a taste of Italy to town, and Gulatis has a menu of Indian fare. For oriental cuisine try Sunset Thai or Dragon Temple Restaurant.
Getting to Altona by plane is easy, as it is about 30 km (19 miles) from Melbourne Airport. The suburb has three train stations on the Werribee railway line - Altona, Westona and Seaholme. The area is serviced by several bus routes, including 411, 412, 415 and 903. Other possibilities for getting around are driving or cycling, as there are many major roads with adjacent cycling paths.